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Trump Accuser Rachel Crooks Advances in Ohio Legislative Campaign

Rachel Crooks

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Toledo, Ohio (AP) -- A woman who during the 2016 presidential election accused Republican candidate Donald Trump of sexually harassing her more than a decade ago has advanced her state legislative bid in Ohio.

Democrat Rachel Crooks, of Tiffin, won an uncontested primary Tuesday.

The 35-year-old university administrator will face Republican state Rep. Bill Reineke (RY'-nuh-kee) for Ohio's 88th House District in November.

Crooks says she's running for the seat southeast of Toledo in part because Trump has escaped consequences for the harassment alleged by her and other women.

She says she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Trump Tower in 2005 when he kissed her "directly on the mouth" against her will.

Trump denied the accusations when they surfaced a month before the 2016 election. The White House disputed Crooks' claims in December.

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